A visit to Switzerland ascertains a lot of exciting experiences. I was here when the snow was melting, and the Swiss Alps were becoming crowded. As it turns out, summer is just about the right time to explore the poetic Swiss valleys and mountains. I drove across six Swiss towns during my travels while enjoying an ‘extended vacation’ in Engelberg, the wondrous-city of Angel Mountain. Mounted by the glacial plurality of Titlis, and ice-dusted peaks, Engelberg is a fascinating Alpine gateway to many onward journeys. It is also a pilgrimage centre for spiritual seekers visiting the Benedictine monastery, and a sacred altar for nature lovers. In Engelberg, picturesque spectacles of central Switzerland come together to stage unbelievable miracles.
The alpine town of Kloster Engelberg is famous for its monastery, vintage accommodation, cosy bars, upscale restaurants and a turnstile to cross-country trails, suspension bridge, Lucerne, Interlaken, Jungfrau, Mount Titlis and the glacial park. While in Engelberg, I chose to stay at the 18th-century hotel Bellevue Terminus that offers a spectacular view of the alpine range. Even though the exteriors look slightly rusted, Bellevue Terminus stars contemporary Belle Epoque decor inside. The interiors are well-furnished with interesting patterns wherein, the floors are laid, in deep oakwood.
Bellevue Terminus In-Room Facilities
What’s further fascinating about Bellevue Terminus is that each of its rooms presents a suite-like setting. The heated-room was well-furnished with a parquet flooring, flat-screen TV, work desk, minibar, safe, iPod docks, telephone, radio, CD-DVD player, wardrobe and complimentary Wi-Fi. My personal favourites, however, were the retro-style high back reading chairs near the large windows. It is here, I sat with a cup of hot cocoa and admired the mountainous beauty of Switzerland for hours. Enjoying a rare view of the Swiss snow-capped mountains while swaddled in the warmth of the central heating was quite a blessing.
Bellevue Terminus has four categories of rooms: small, medium, large and extra-large. While the small and medium rooms have rain showers, the large and extra-large rooms feature bathtubs in ensuite washrooms. We stayed in a medium room starring a somewhat open-bath equipped with a rain shower and “Superwuschel” towels by Möve. Even though I preferred sojourning glued to the mountain views and clouds hovering outside our room window, I have to admit that the bed was just as comfortable. BT sources its bed linen from the textile factory in Root. Exactly what you need after a long day’s haul. In this 26-28sqm room, mused furnishing convenes bohemian design.
I was delighted to see high-quality materials and exquisite details everywhere. I could both relax and work, from this room with a partial balcony. The 5-floor Hotel Bellevue Terminus had opened in 1898 with 57 rooms. Despite accommodating modernisation with the passing time, the hotel has managed to preserve its 18th-century state-of-the-art services. The contemporary layout includes refurbishing the interiors with ultra-modern decor, triple-glazed windows and thermal insulation. Enjoy the sun terrace in summer. Overall, the staff is helpful, and hospitality is excellent. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
Bellevue Terminus Dining Facilities
In the Bellevue Terminus Kitchens, modern cuisine compares comfort foods in many ways, and there are three excellent restaurants to choose from!
Living Room By BT
Living Room By BT is a relaxed, simple, and urban restaurant with fabulous interior designing. It is like a bohemian place with a heart and soul! They serve delicious food, and reservations can be requested at +41 (0)41 639 6868. Space is tastefully refurbished and furnished with two separate rooms and plays soft music in the background. The menu comprises of moderately priced small plates and is consistently outstanding. Add some beers or bubbles from the bar menu. The staff is friendly, and the service is outstanding!
BT Music Bar
BT Music Bar is about Good LIVE music. As, a matter of fact, BT invites the leading Swiss musicians every Friday. Admission is free, but, seats are consumption-based and limited with a fair distance. You may support the artists with a donation though.
Restaurant Yucatan opens at 3 PM every day and is right at the centre of all the action. It is an après-ski disco with happy hours, the place to be to mark a celebration and catch the wildest concerts. Large servings with Live music! The facilities are wheelchair accessible, and you can pay by credit card. Luckily the weather was good, on the day I was here so, I got the chance to eat and drink outdoors. The restaurant offers free wifi, just ask the waitstaff to assist you with the password. Yucatan also has a bar with a choice of alcoholic beverages. To make a reservation, use their free reservation system online or call (+41)416371324. To order food, go to their website. Parking is nearby.
Bellevue Terminus is located right opposite Engelberg railway station! Also, the hotel is at a walking distance from Engelberg Abbey and Sporthotel Eienwäldli Spa. Scour around for authentic Swiss clocks, music boxes, watches, cheese, pottery, chocolates, linens and army knives.
Room rates: Starting from INR 9800 ($ 135 or EUR 110) per night